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The Cathedral Strings in Concert

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  • General Admission: $20.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Sun 12 Nov 2023, 2:30pm–4:00pm


All Ages

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A concert on Sunday November 12, in the Waiapu Cathedral will be performed by the Cathedral Strings, a group established in 2018 by players from the Concord Strings, Since then, the Strings have grown in number and stature, performing regularly in the cathedral to accompany the cathedral choir or present concerts, especially during Napier’s Art Deco festivals. Most of the players also perform with other orchestras and ensembles and tutor pupils throughout the region.
This concert includes a variety of music by some of the players’ favourite composers - Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell and Elgar – some pieces very familiar and some rarely heard.
Handel’s Organ Concerto, first performed in 1739 and now known as “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale,” is one such rarely performed composition. As the name suggests, Handel incorporated birdsong motifs, particularly in the second movement. The organist for this work will be Anthony Tattersall, whose many musical talents include playing the organ and piano. He is the regular organist for Waiapu Cathedral services and also plays on two Sundays each month at All Saints church in Taradale. Anthony’s keyboard skills will also feature in Henry Purcell’s Suite in C Major, No. 5, for Piano and Strings, another work not often heard in concert.
The other pieces on the programme will perhaps be more familiar. Handel’s lively and festive Entrance of the Queen of Sheba is often used to announce the arrival of brides or VIPs, while Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Violins, Cello and Strings in A minor may remind listeners of his most famous composition, The Four Seasons. Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings was the first of his compositions with which he was happy. Elgar wrote to a friend about the 3 movements, "I like 'em (the first thing I ever did)!" The Serenade became one of Elgar's most popular compositions, and has been recorded many times; the first two movements will be performed in this concert.
Entry to the concert is just $20 for adults and children under 14 are admitted free; you can pay using cash or eftpos at the door.

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